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Tribe Men’s Gymnastics Turns in Outstanding Finish at USAG Collegiate Championships

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The College of William and Mary’s 15th-ranked men’s gymnastics squad turned in a remarkable finish at the two-day USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships by having five athletes earn a total of nine USAG Collegiate All-America honors on Saturday evening on the campus of the Air Force Academy.

Tribe senior Derek Gygax (Stevensville, Md.) was simply sensational on the weekend, as he started the event by earning his second-consecutive USAG Collegiate All-Around National title on Friday. Saturday night, the biology major proved why he is one the national finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award (given annually to the NCAAs top senior gymnast), as he earned an additional four USAG Collegiate All-America honors, including a second national title (on the pommel horse, with a score of 14.40). Gygax finished second on the floor exercise (14.00) and had a pair of third place showings on the rings (13.90) and parallel bars (14.20), respectively. He rounded off his evening with a fourth place showing on the high bar (13.45). The total of five USAG Collegiate honors ties him with former W&M All-American Ramon Jackson for the most in the Tribe’s rich history at the event.

While Gygax’s heroics were impressive, perhaps the biggest surprise performances of the event were turned in by Tribe’ sophomore Stephen Deutsch (Glenview, Ill.), who captured his first two career USAG Collegiate All-America certificates, including the top honors on the rings with season-best mark of 14.15. Deutsch also placed fifth on the pommel horse (13.65).

Junior Andy Hunter (Tallahasse, Fla.) and freshman Fred Smurro (Manalapan, N.J.) rounded out the William and Mary awardees on the evening, as Hunter finished third on the floor exercise (13.85), while Smurro claimed his first career USAG All-America honor on the high bar by placing fourth with a mark of 13.45.

The Tribe’s next action will come next Friday evening, when it will host the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in Kaplan Arena. The event will start at 6pm.

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